Surveillance video in an Apple store in a New York state mall shows the terrifying moment a gunman opened fire right outside the store, reports ABC News.
People scrambled to the back of the store, tripping over each other as they tried to put as much space between them and the gunfire that started at the Crossgates Mall in Albany..
The November 12, 2016 video was released by the Albany District Attorney’s Office after the gunman was convicted of crimes related to the shooting.
Authorities say that the shots fired took place right where families with small children were gathered to take pictures with Santa Claus.
“Multiple accounts of shots fired near a crowded area of the mall near the Apple Store were reported to law enforcement. At the time of the incident there were thousands of patrons and employees present at the mall. The incident happened just yards away from ‘Santa Land,’ where multiple families were lined up to take holiday photos.”
Tasheem Maeweather, 20, was sentenced Friday to 3.5 years to seven years in prison for first-degree reckless endangerment in the incident.
Lee Kindlon, Maeweather’s lawyer, said that his client was indeed present at the time of the shooting, but was not involved. He is currently working on an appeal.
He said that prosecutors couldn’t prove that it was Maeweather doing the shooting.
“I think that the defendant’s conviction on reckless endangerment will be overturned. Justice is a process. At trial, the people weren’t able to show my client possessed or fired a gun that day. … In time, through the appellate courts, I have confidence that the law is on our side.”
There no weapons found, and though blood was present at the scene, no one came forward with injuries.
An off-duty state trooper that was at the mall during the shooting testified in Maeweather’s trial that he saw him firing a weapon.
In May, Maeweather was acquitted of charges of attempted murder, attempted assault and weapons possession.
Police say that at the time of the shooting, Maeweather was wearing an ankle bracelet and was on probation.
[Feature Photo: Albany County District Attorney]